This heirloom has an excellent tolerance to heat and is slow to bolt. Wonderful crisp and sweet leaves, top of the class for iceberg-types. Can be used as a leaf lettuce, or allowed to make a nice crisphead.
Ice Queen Lettuce History
This heirloom has an excellent tolerance to heat and is slow to bolt. Wonderful crisp and sweet leaves, top of the class for iceberg-types. Can be used as a leaf lettuce, or allowed to make a nice crisp head. This bright, emerald green lettuce with frilly leaves has crisp texture and excellent fresh flavor. Also delicious as a baby green. Once leaves have been cut, plants continue to grow. Ice Queen dates back to 1883, and gets its name because it is cold tolerant, but also tolerates heat well and is slow to bolt.
Ice Queen Lettuce Seeds Growing Instructions
Lettuce loves cool weather. You can begin planting leaf, romaine and butterhead lettuce as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Depending on the variety, lettuce germinates in temperatures between 40 to 85 degrees F. If you plant lettuce in successive plantings, with 10 to 14 days in between, you’ll have an extended harvest. To prevent summer bolt, stop planting one month before warm summer temperatures start. Begin planting fall lettuce in late summer so it reaches maturity when the fall air is cool.
Preserving And Storing Reine Des Glaces Lettuce
To store a full head of lettuce, wrap in a damp paper towel and put the head inside a plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator. If you’re storing individual lettuce leaves, spin them dry after washing and place in a lettuce keeper in the fridge. A container is best to avoid bruising and bacteria buildup. You can also use a plastic bag if you keep a corner open for airflow, or you can store them stemless and wrapped in a wet paper towel in your crisper drawer. Make sure to add a few paper towels to absorb excess moisture and replace the paper towels every few days if they get too damp.
Lettuce Ice Queen Recipes
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The nutrients in romaine lettuce provide multiple health benefits:
- Vitamin C helps support the immune system, is high in antioxidants, and helps keep bones and teeth strong.
- Calcium is necessary for the building and maintenance of bones, muscle function, nerve function, and blood clotting.
- Vitamin K is also necessary for blood clotting. It works together with calcium to prevent bone mineral loss and fractures due to osteoporosis.
- Vitamin A (from beta carotene) is a vital nutrient, necessary for health. An antioxidant, vitamin A supports cell growth and reproductive health. It also helps to maintain the heart, kidneys, and lungs. Vitamin A also supports the eyes.
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